When Diane Beer, the eldest child of Australian legend RM Williams, died in July this year, she left a lifetime legacy that stood proudly beside that of her iconic father
Although her life lasted 87 years, Diane almost lost it as an infant. Living in the missionary settlement of Nepabunna in the northern Flinders Range, she woke one morning, in the cot she shared sleeping foot to foot with baby brother Ian, to a whispered “sssshhhh”.
The warning came from Ruth, the teenage Aboriginal babysitter, who leaned over the cot, picked up the snake that during the cold night had nestled in the warmth between the sleeping infants and flung it as far as she could.
Ruth still lived in Nepabunna when Diane visited a few years ago. The two women embraced, recognising each other as if the 70 years’ past was no further than you could throw a snake.
During the nearly nine decades of her life, Diane - born Thelma Diane Williams - filled many roles, as daughter, wife, mother, friend, trailblazing journalist, writer, confidant, mentor and more, winning love and respect with her perceptive mind, her compassionate heart and her irreverent sense of humour.
UltraServe has continued its global expansion by launching a London office to deliver its managed e-commerce services in Britain and Europe.Australian commerce specialist
Driven by demand from clients seeking to strengthen their e-commerce offerings in the region, the new office, located at Eastbourne Terrace opposite Paddington Station, already has local staff.
London is UltraServe’s second offshore office, after Chicago, which continues to grow rapidly with staff numbers passing the double-digit mark during the past year. UltraServe also has offices in Sydney, at Pyrmont and in the Central Coast suburb of Erina.
UltraServe, a private company whose owners include founder Samuel Yeats and technology investor Simon Hackett, is a specialist provider of e-commerce services in the cloud.
UltraServe CEO Matthew Hyland said he expected the UK office to grow like the US office. “Based on demand, I expect we will grow staff numbers rapidly within the next 12 months,” he said. “London is a great place for our second international office. This location is a good hub that allows us to serve the whole of the European market. The UK itself represents a large market opportunity and, importantly, it’s where many of our partners are based.”
Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, has released research in Australia revealing how data breaches damage company finances and shareholder value.
Commissioned by Centrify, the new Ponemon survey of 749 Australian IT professionals, marketers and consumers reports how data security breaches negatively impact an entire organisation, from sales and marketing to shareholders. This report is of particular significance to Australia where mandatory data breach notification legislation will take effect from February 2018.
Ponemon found that the stock value index of 113 randomly selected global companies declined by an average of five per cent on the day a data breach was disclosed and experienced a customer churn rate of as much as seven per cent.
What’s more, one third of Australian consumers impacted by a data breach reported they had discontinued their relationship with the organisation that experienced the breach.